Vitamin D Deficiency
Did you know Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and Cancer.
And that’s just for starters. Recent studies have also linked this miraculous vitamin to the prevention and potential cure of many other devastating and debilitating conditions including cardiovascular disease, blood pressure issues, high cholesterol levels, neurological system disorders, kidney failure, reproductive system disorders, muscle weakness, obesity, disorders of the skin and even tooth decay.
The problem is 85% of us aren’t getting enough of this “sunshine vitamin” which helps fight bone loss, infection, and abnormal cell growth.
So Why Are We So D’ – ficient?
Decades ago, most of us worked out in the sunshine, and absorbed approximately 10.000 – 20,000 IU of vitamin D in 15 minutes. That’s many times more than the current FDA least requirements of between 400 and 800 IU.
But for the past twenty or thirty years, the medical establishment has been screaming that “sunlight is dangerous for your health”... and telling you to cover yourselves with sunscreen to protect yourself from skin cancer, even though there is no real evidence that the sun’s UV rays when used wisely cause cancer. On the other hand research is proving the protective effect of Vitamin D from other types of cancer.
A diet deficient in vitamin D causes osteomalacia (called rickets when it occurs in children), which is a softening of the bones. In the developed world, this is a rare disease. Low blood calcidiol (25-hydroxy-vitamin D) can result from avoiding the sun. Deficiency results in impaired bone mineralization and leads to bone-softening diseases.
Research is ongoing to prove a strong relation between Vitamin D deficiency and depression.
WARNING: Do not take vitamin D orally without medical consultation as it could leave you overdosing in vitamin D supplements, leading to a range of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, constipation, headache, bone pain, weakness, apathy and dehydration.
Dr Amina Wasfy
Specialist – Clinical Pathology
Al Abeer Medical Center